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  1. I was actually underselling it a bit - at around $10M per win, this was worth around $30-50M. https://blogs.fangraphs.com/which-players-might-have-benefited-from-the-astros-sign-stealing/
  2. It's a start. Needs to throw more first pitch strikes but 14% SwStr% after facing 18 batters is very impressive.
  3. I think it's tough to say whether the punishment was severe enough. The Astros probably accrued around $20-40M in extra wins from their cheating and were stripped of around $30-50M worth of draft picks. Given that you have to discount the value of the punishment by the probability of getting caught, is the punishment the Astros received really that much of a deterrent? Maybe you think Luhnow is so good that losing him makes the punishment especially severe, but that may not be the case for other teams.
  4. Fozzz

    Narcos: Mexico

    I really hate that I like a show that tries to make the fucking DEA look like the good guys but this shit is entertaining.
  5. Which would suggest that line of attack would be even less effective today with the cold war that much further in the past.
  6. Republicans convinced a majority of voters that Obama was a socialist and somehow that did not stop him from winning reelection.
  7. Even Bloomberg's surrogates are midgets. https://twitter.com/benshapiro/status/1229853726149492736
  8. I don't think it's because they're too busy, I think it's because to attend a Bloomberg rally you'd have to be around a lot of Bloomberg supporters, and no one wants that.
  9. I could see Baldwin as VP. Abrams is garbage and will never get a look for anything in his administration. Warren could have been his VP but, true to her spectacularly abysmal political instincts, she has decided to self-immolate instead.
  10. You should care because the media and the democratic party establishment wants you to care because they don't want Sanders to win and this is the best thing they can come up with to smear him. That's all there is to it. It has nothing to do with what's important to voters or even with what's actually true.
  11. There is no evidence that Bernie's supporters are any worse on the whole than the supporters of the other candidates. Until such evidence is presented, there is no reason why he, and only he, should be called out repeatedly by these fucking idiot pundits to apologize for the behavior of his supporters. Indeed, the only research on this topic that has been published indicated that the idea that Bernie's supporters are particularly problematic is a lie.
  12. Does anyone know why Quintanilla was not given a chance to start this season? Is he just not capable of maintaining his stuff/command for 80-100 pitches in a single outing?
  13. I wouldn't project Stevens to give up fewer hits this season than Cole based on what they did last season. What is more meaningful in evaluating how each pitcher will perform this season is that Cole got far more Ks while walking fewer batters than Stevens last year. The only other relievers on the staff with Cole's ability to miss bats struggle terribly to find the zone.
  14. The Astros were better in 2019 when they were not cheating than in 2017 when they were cheating. Does this mean that the 2017 Astros would have been even better had they not cheated? Does this mean the 2018 Astros would have won 110 games had they not cheated?
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